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My top 75 favourite albums of all time (initially it was a top 20 list, and after that top 50). Only 1 album per band. The list is in alphabetical order, so it doesn't represent explicitly which album is my absolute favourite (I don't have one). All albums on this list have earned at least a 9/10 rating. Albums with a star (★) have received a 10/10 rating from me. I've added genres and my favourite songs.

Created by: Erik M. | 22.10.2012



1. After Forever - Decipher
2001 / Symphonic Gothic / My Pledge Of Allegiance # 1 (The Sealed Fate)
2. Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
2006 / Atmospheric Blackened Post / Fire Above, Ice Below ★
3. Alcest - Souvenirs D'un Autre Monde
2007 / Post Shoegaze / Ciel Errant
4. Amorphis - Tales From The Thousand Lakes
1994 / Melodic Death Doom / To Fathers Cabin
5. Anathema - The Silent Enigma
1995 / Death Doom / Restless Oblivion
6. Aquilus - Griseus
2011 / Atmospheric Blackened Neoclassical Folk / Loss ★
7. Arcturus - La Masquerade Infernale
1997 / Avantgarde / The Chaos Path
8. Ayreon - Into The Electric Castle
1998 / Progressive / Isis and Osiris ★
9. Blut Aus Nord - The Work Which Transforms God
2003 / Industrial Black / The Choir Of The Dead
10. Brown Jenkins - Death Obsession
2009 / Avantgarde Blackened Doom / We Disappear
11. Caladan Brood - Echoes Of Battle
2013 / Epic Atmospheric Black / City Of Azure Fire
12. Candlemass - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1986 / Epic Doom / A Sorcerer's Pledge
13. Dark Tranquillity - Damage Done
2002 / Melodic Death / The Enemy
14. Daylight Dies - Dismantling Devotion
2006 / Melodic Death Doom / A Dream Resigned
15. Desire - Locus Horrendus - The Night Cries Of A Sullen Soul...
2002 / Atmospheric Death Doom / Chapter XIV: Dark Angel Bird (A Poet Of Tragedies) ★
16. Dimmu Borgir - Spiritual Black Dimensions
1999 / Symphonic Black / The Insight And The Catharsis
17. Disembowelment - Transcendence Into The Peripheral
1993 / Death Doom / The Spirits Of The Tall Hills
18. Disillusion - Back To Times Of Splendor
2004 / Progressive / Back To Times Of Splendor
19. Dissection - Storm Of The Light's Bane
1995 / Melodic Blackened Death / Unhallowed
20. Dolorian - When All The Laughter Has Gone
1999 / Psychedelic Blackened Doom / Collapsed
21. Dordeduh - Dar De Duh
2012 / Atmospheric Blackened Folk / Zuh
22. Draconian - Where Lovers Mourn
2003 / Gothic Doom / The Cry Of Silence ★
23. Edge Of Sanity - Crimson
1996 / Progressive Death / Crimson ★
24. Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
1994 / Symphonic Black / Beyond The Great Vast Forest
25. Empyrium - A Wintersunset...
1996 / Symphonic Folk Doom / The Franconian Woods In Winter's Silence ★
26. Epica - The Phantom Agony
2003 / Symphonic / Façade Of Reality (The Embrace That Smothers - Part V)
27. Estatic Fear - A Sombre Dance
1999 / Symphonic Doom / Chapter IV
28. Evereve - Seasons
1996 / Gothic / A Winternight Depression
29. Evoken - Quietus
2001 / Funeral Death Doom / Embrace The Emptiness ★
30. Fen - The Malediction Fields
2009 / Atmospheric Blackened Post / Lashed By Storm
31. Graveworm - As The Angels Reach The Beauty
1999 / Symphonic Black / A Dreaming Beauty
32. Green Carnation - Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness
2001 / Progressive / Light Of Day, Day Of Darkness
33. Inquisition - Into The Infernal Regions Of The Ancient Cult
1998 / Black / Empire Of Luciferian Race
34. Ixion - To The Void
2011 / Atmospheric Doom / Fade To Blue
35. Katatonia - Brave Murder Day
1996 / Death Doom / Endtime ★
36. Kauan - Lumikuuro
2007 / Melodic Folk Doom / Koivun Elämä
37. Limbonic Art - Moon In The Scorpio
1996 / Symphonic Black / Beyond The Candles Burning
38. Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas
1993 / Black / Pagan Fears
39. Metallica - Ride The Lightning
1984 / Thrash / Fade To Black
40. Moonspell - Wolfheart
1995 / Blackened Gothic Folk / An Erotic Alchemy
41. Mourning Beloveth - The Sullen Sulcus
2002 / Death Doom / Anger's Steaming Arrows
42. My Dying Bride - Turn Loose The Swans
1993 / Gothic Death Doom / Turn Loose The Swans ★
43. Nest - Woodsmoke
2003 / Atmospheric Ambient Neofolk / Healing Waters
44. Nevermore - Dead Heart, In A Dead World
2000 / Progressive Thrash / We Disintegrate
45. Nile - Annihilation Of The Wicked
2005 / Brutal Death / Annihilation Of The Wicked
46. Nocturnus AD - The Key
1990 / Atmospheric Death / Empire Of The Sands
47. Noekk - The Grimalkin
2006 / Progressive Doom / Codex Deserta
48. Officium Triste - Reason
2004 / Melodic Death Doom / A Flower In Decay
49. Old Man's Child - In Defiance Of Existence
2003 / Symphonic Black / Black Seeds On Virgin Soil
50. Opeth - Blackwater Park
2001 / Extreme Progressive / The Drapery Falls ★
51. Ophis - Stream Of Misery
2007 / Death Doom / Godforsaken
52. Paradise Lost - Shades Of God
1992 / Gothic Death Doom / Daylight Torn
53. Penumbra - Seclusion
2003 / Symphonic Gothic / Crimson Tail
54. Saturnus - Paradise Belongs To You
1996 / Atmospheric Death Doom / Paradise Belongs To You ★
55. Shape Of Despair - Shades Of...
2000 / Funeral Doom / Down In The Stream
56. Sirenia - At Sixes And Sevens
2002 / Symphonic Gothic / Meridian
57. Slumber - Fallout
2004 / Melodic Death Doom / Rapture
58. Summoning - Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame
2001 / Epic Atmospheric Black / Farewell ★
59. Swallow The Sun - The Morning Never Came
2003 / Melodic Death Doom / Through Her Silvery Body
60. Testament - The Legacy
1987 / Thrash / Alone In The Dark
61. Theatre Of Tragedy - Velvet Darkness They Fear
1996 / Gothic Doom / Fair And 'Guilding Copesmate Death
62. The Gathering - Mandylion
1995 / Atmospheric Gothic / Sand And Mercury
63. The Sins Of Thy Beloved - Lake Of Sorrow
1998 / Symphonic Gothic / Until The Dark ★
64. Tiamat - Wildhoney
1994 / Atmospheric Gothic / The Ar
65. Tristania - Widow's Weeds
1998 / Symphonic Gothic / Midwintertears ★
66. Uaral - Sounds Of Pain
2005 / Folk Doom / Eternal Beauty Of The Trees ★
67. Ulver - Bergtatt - Et Eeventyr I 5 Capitler
1995 / Blackened Folk / Bergtatt - Ind I Fjeldkamrene
68. Unholy - Gracefallen
1999 / Atmospheric Death Doom / Wanderer
69. Verdunkeln - Einblick In Den Qualenfall
2007 / Psychedelic Black / Der Herrscher
70. Vordven - Towards The Frozen Stream
1999 / Melodic Atmospheric Black / Dream Of Northside ★
71. Warning - Watching From A Distance
2006 / Doom / Bridges
72. Windir - Arntor
1999 / Blackened Folk / Saknet (The Longing)
73. Wine From Tears - Through The Eyes Of A Mad
2009 / Melodic Death Doom / Night Of A Succubus
74. Wolves In The Throne Room - Two Hunters
2007 / Black / I Will Lay Down My Bones Among The Rocks And Roots
75. Yearning - Evershade
2003 / Atmospheric Gothic Doom / Deathbearer



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Zaphod - 28.07.2013 at 16:16  
Written by Erik M. on 28.07.2013 at 15:54


Haha, so you're actually saying it's your favourite too? Wow!

Yes, it's totally amazing, though I dislike all the other tracks on that album, they don't do it for me.
Kidding aside, cool list, though as someone mentioned some bands on it have albums I like better than the ones you chose.
I fail at making lists myself because I always end up adding a lot of albums that I don't listen to a lot anymore but still consider "masterpieces" because at some point they were my absolute favorites.
And then I end up deleting those lists.
And then I want to re-create them.
And then I notice that I just made the exact same list that I deleted moments earlier.
And then I cancel.
It's really sad and stuff.
Erik M. - 29.07.2013 at 00:54  
Written by Zaphod on 28.07.2013 at 16:16

Yes, it's totally amazing, though I dislike all the other tracks on that album, they don't do it for me.
Kidding aside, cool list, though as someone mentioned some bands on it have albums I like better than the ones you chose.
I fail at making lists myself because I always end up adding a lot of albums that I don't listen to a lot anymore but still consider "masterpieces" because at some point they were my absolute favorites.
And then I end up deleting those lists.
And then I want to re-create them.
And then I notice that I just made the exact same list that I deleted moments earlier.
And then I cancel.
It's really sad and stuff.


Haha, thanks. I see what you mean however. There a few albums on this list that I haven't heard in months, but I listen to most of these albums regularly. I also update it once every few months, but not too often. At first this list contained 20 albums (only the 10's that I've handed out), then I expanded it to 50 albums with a maximum of 2 albums per band. Slowly I began to work towards 1 album per band for the sake of variety and this is the result. I only update it when I stumble across one or more albums that blew me away, but that doesn't happen very often. Eventually I will expand this list to 75 albums, but that could take me a while and I'm obviously not in a hurry. Still, I would like to see one of those lists you created since your musical taste is rather... unknown to me at the moment.
Zaphod - 29.07.2013 at 19:56  
Written by Erik M. on 29.07.2013 at 00:54

Still, I would like to see one of those lists you created since your musical taste is rather... unknown to me at the moment.

Ha yes, the only thing on my profile you can really go on is the 8 bands under Favorite Bands, and even from those bands I don't like everything.
I might give listmaking another shot some time soon, but if I'm not completely satisfied with the result, it won't see the light of day, haha.
If I were to make a list it would have some of the albums featured here and there'd also be some different albums from bands featured here. Overall, our tastes are about 30% similar, based on this list, since there's about 15 bands here that I'd feature too.
If you're curious, these are some albums that would without a doubt make the list:
Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Wintersun - Wintersun
Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost
Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider
Nevermore - Dead Heart, In A Dead World
Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
Sylosis - Monolith
Erik M. - 06.08.2013 at 21:42  
Written by Zaphod on 29.07.2013 at 19:56

Ha yes, the only thing on my profile you can really go on is the 8 bands under Favorite Bands, and even from those bands I don't like everything.
I might give listmaking another shot some time soon, but if I'm not completely satisfied with the result, it won't see the light of day, haha.
If I were to make a list it would have some of the albums featured here and there'd also be some different albums from bands featured here. Overall, our tastes are about 30% similar, based on this list, since there's about 15 bands here that I'd feature too.
If you're curious, these are some albums that would without a doubt make the list:
Opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
Mastodon - Crack The Skye
Wintersun - Wintersun
Skeletonwitch - Beyond The Permafrost
Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider
Nevermore - Dead Heart, In A Dead World
Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse
Sylosis - Monolith


I know it's a late reply, but better late than never. And yes, I noticed those 8 bands as well as your collection, but no votes (I remember you saying you deleted them due to your own opinion changing frequently). By the way, this list isn't a perfect representation of music that I listen to a lot. I must admit I limited it to just 1 album/band for the sake of variety, but everything is still excellent stuff on here, no doubt about that. I'm definitely satisfied with this list though so I won't really edit it anymore until I have enough "material" for a top 75, but that will be months from now I think.

Anyway, interesting to see you chose My Arms, Your Hearse since I think most people would choose albums like Blackwater Park, Still Life or Ghost Reveries easily over that one (me included). That Mastodon album is one I've been meaning to check out sooner or later because it's been hailed as (one of their) best albums and I liked the debut a lot. As for the others, not familiar with Skeletonwitch or Iced Earth (I know, hard to believe, isn't it? ) and I probably won't agree with Sylosis if it's anything like their debut (which I liked enough to put on my debut albums list, but not enough to listen to that band anymore, at all). I'll say it again (being the list-obsessed person that I am ): I hope you still decide to create a list.
Zaphod - 06.08.2013 at 22:42  
Don't want this to take up too much space on your thread (I tried to shorten it), so just scroll up to see what I'm replying to

First off, I don't think there can be a perfect representation of the music taste of someone like you or me, because we keep discovering new things on a regular basis
About my voting, it's not that my opinion changes. If I ever give an album an 8, I'll never hate it. It's just that there are a lot of albums that I like better in certain moods, so they might change from an 8 to an 8.5 to a 9 from time to time. Also, some albums sadly just don't stand the test of time as well as others and could drop from a 9 to an 8 after a year.

And yes, not a lot of people would choose MAYH over Blackwater Park or Still Life (both amazing albums btw), but Opeth's third album just does something (even more) magical for me. Ghost Reveries on the other hand is an album I find quite overrated, I absolutely love the title track, but other than that I think it's one of Opeth's weakest releases along with their latest two albums.
You might want to check out that Iced Earth album since I know you're not a big power metal fan and that album is definitely one of the darkest and most aggressive power metal albums you'll encounter.
I'm only familiar with Sylosis' last two releases which are quite different from the debut and also have a different vocalist, but since I don't know the debut that well I can't say whether you should give Monolith a spin. (Listen to "A Dying Vine" if you want a good representation of that album.)
One more thing, if you're going to give Mastodon's Crack The Skye a listen, either forget everything you know about the debut or listen to their discography chronologically. That way you can clearly see where they come from and see how their sound on Remission evolved into that of Crack The Skye. Mastodon is a band that changes with every album so their fourth album is very different from the debut. At least that's the advice I'd give, it's your choice if you want to follow it
Hex_Omega - 12.10.2013 at 10:55  
You got my thumb up here and I think I'm even gonna add few albums to my list. For example Spires, Verdunkeln or Penumbra. Good albums with less than 100 votes.
Erik M. - 12.10.2013 at 16:40  
Written by Hex_Omega on 12.10.2013 at 10:55

You got my thumb up here and I think I'm even gonna add few albums to my list. For example Spires, Verdunkeln or Penumbra. Good albums with less than 100 votes.


Thanks man. Yeah, those that you mention here are definitely overlooked, especially Spires and Verdunkeln. Others on my list that would qualify for yours would be Ixion - To The Void, Inquisition - Into the Infernal Regions of the Ancient Cult, Noekk - The Grimalkin (definitely this one, as it only has 17 votes and is simply an amazing album that very few people know), Unholy - Gracefallen and Yearning - Evershade. It goes without saying I think all those albums are awesome and overlooked.
JohnDoe - 02.11.2013 at 22:55  
Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle - experimental prog? Really? Where do these classifications come from?
Good album BTW, but experimental prog, man, I laughed so hard reading this...
Erik M. - 02.11.2013 at 23:38  
Written by JohnDoe on 02.11.2013 at 22:55

Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle - experimental prog? Really? Where do these classifications come from?
Good album BTW, but experimental prog, man, I laughed so hard reading this...


To be honest I only labelled it as such a couple of days ago when I was listening to the new album. But damn, while I know everything Ayreon has put out very well, I'm a bit at a loss when it comes to the genre. Of course it's progressive but it's much more than just progressive and the new album definitely has quite a few experimental parts in it, though maybe not enough to call the band an experimental band. What would you say Ayreon's genre is then?
mz - 03.11.2013 at 00:13  
Experimental prog=avantgarde, or experimental everything=avantgarde I should say. Could probably be the first time I hear such tag. Some bands have been classified as experimental/progressive but not experimental prog. Progressive music, at least in words, is meant to promote experiments within music so your term is really odd Erik.
JohnDoe - 03.11.2013 at 09:08  
Written by Erik M. on 02.11.2013 at 23:38

Written by JohnDoe on 02.11.2013 at 22:55

Ayreon - Into the Electric Castle - experimental prog? Really? Where do these classifications come from?
Good album BTW, but experimental prog, man, I laughed so hard reading this...


To be honest I only labelled it as such a couple of days ago when I was listening to the new album. But damn, while I know everything Ayreon has put out very well, I'm a bit at a loss when it comes to the genre. Of course it's progressive but it's much more than just progressive and the new album definitely has quite a few experimental parts in it, though maybe not enough to call the band an experimental band. What would you say Ayreon's genre is then?


First of all, 'experimental prog" as a genre name, it does not exist, no one uses it.
Second, I don't find Ayreon as being experimental music, Ayreon wears its influences on a sleeve for anyone to see (which is not a bad thing). The music has become somewhat predictable, there aren't many surprises with the music, at least for me. There's going to be some competent musicianship, some great singing and that's all folks.
Why just calling them "progressive metal"is not good enough?
Erik M. - 03.11.2013 at 20:40  
Written by mz on 03.11.2013 at 00:13

Experimental prog=avantgarde, or experimental everything=avantgarde I should say. Could probably be the first time I hear such tag. Some bands have been classified as experimental/progressive but not experimental prog. Progressive music, at least in words, is meant to promote experiments within music so your term is really odd Erik.


Then would Ayreon be progressive or avantgarde? Hard to say as Ayreon sounds more like progressive, but in my opinion is more experimental than most progressive metal I've heard, hence why I tagged it as such. And to me progressive metal doesn't give the impression of being very experimental, so even though the tag doesn't officially exist, I don't see why it couldn't be a tag, unless you indeed would call it avantgarde. There's been a discussion on here before about this and someone came up with the tag "progressive avantgarde". Progressive metal mostly feels like a style rather than experimentation if you ask me. Unusual song structures and unpredictability are things that make the music progressive if you ask me. But you know a lot more about progressive metal than me, so you're probably right.
Erik M. - 03.11.2013 at 20:49  
Written by JohnDoe on 03.11.2013 at 09:08

First of all, 'experimental prog" as a genre name, it does not exist, no one uses it.
Second, I don't find Ayreon as being experimental music, Ayreon wears its influences on a sleeve for anyone to see (which is not a bad thing). The music has become somewhat predictable, there aren't many surprises with the music, at least for me. There's going to be some competent musicianship, some great singing and that's all folks.
Why just calling them "progressive metal"is not good enough?


Fair enough. I changed it back as you might've noticed. I sometimes take genre-labelling a bit too serious I guess. Still disagree about the experimental part. Ayreon is far more experimental than most progressive metal. At least, the progressive metal that I've heard (which isn't a lot). And the music isn't really predictable if you ask me. The fact that Ayreon has its own sound, which is easily hearable, doesn't make it predictable. However, this is all coming from someone whose favourite genres are doom, black and gothic metal so as I said I'm not very familiar with most progressive metal.
mz - 03.11.2013 at 21:29  
Written by Erik M. on 03.11.2013 at 20:40


Then would Ayreon be progressive or avantgarde? Hard to say as Ayreon sounds more like progressive, but in my opinion is more experimental than most progressive metal I've heard, hence why I tagged it as such. And to me progressive metal doesn't give the impression of being very experimental, so even though the tag doesn't officially exist, I don't see why it couldn't be a tag, unless you indeed would call it avantgarde. There's been a discussion on here before about this and someone came up with the tag "progressive avantgarde". Progressive metal mostly feels like a style rather than experimentation if you ask me. Unusual song structures and unpredictability are things that make the music progressive if you ask me. But you know a lot more about progressive metal than me, so you're probably right.

First of all, note that I only have heard 3 ayreon albums (UM, HE and 11010...) and thus, I am not familiar with all albums by the band but based on my experience, I say that ayreon's sound is progressive metal and not avantgarde. Using a lot a singers on an album and making an conceptual albums does not grant the avantgardism and to be honest, despite the fact that I love ayreon very much, I think their sound, while personal, is not very especial and the uniqueness of band lies in extensive use of guess vocalists or musicians in general and not the composition qualities. No one else is probably able to gather so many well known and praised musicians and also, there might be just a few people in world who can write ambitious albums like HE (and do it in a good way) and this makes ayreon very especial. In the other words, Ayreon is a "one of a kind" band because other people are not able to record and write albums similar with those of Arjen.
I agree that progressive metal can be very generic and far from experiments but it can also promote experimental attempt. I do not want to praise on of my favorite genres blindly but I think that progressive metal is more experimental than other genres, excluding only avantgarde metal bands.
Alex Fenger - 30.03.2014 at 18:34  
Quite a few albums on here that I really hate Lol but also quite a few I absolutely drool over. A tad surprised to see Mourning Beloveth's sophomore release on here, I always though you preferred Dust. Both are great albums, just curious
Erik M. - 30.03.2014 at 20:23  
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.03.2014 at 18:34

Quite a few albums on here that I really hate Lol but also quite a few I absolutely drool over. A tad surprised to see Mourning Beloveth's sophomore release on here, I always though you preferred Dust. Both are great albums, just curious


Haha, I can't say I'm surprised. But I'm curious which albums you really hate (aside Vordven ). Most of the gothic stuff I assume?

Oh, and to answer your question: I think The Sullen Sulcus is more consistent than Dust. Both are excellent, but I feel The Sullen Sulcus is more refined/polished. However, the difference isn't that big. The difference between these two and their other albums is a lot bigger, that's for sure. Especially A Murderous Circus, which is good, but definitely inferior to their other stuff.
Alex Fenger - 30.03.2014 at 22:08  
Written by Erik M. on 30.03.2014 at 20:23

Haha, I can't say I'm surprised. But I'm curious which albums you really hate (aside Vordven ). Most of the gothic stuff I assume?

In terms of the ones I actually hate; Decipher, La Masquerade Infernale, Echoes of Battle, Where Lovers Mourn, The Phantom Agony, Seasons, In Defiance of Existence, At Sixes and Sevens, Lake of Sorrow, and Evershade. So yeah mostly the gothic stuff .
Erik M. - 01.04.2014 at 21:25  
Written by Alex Fenger on 30.03.2014 at 22:08

In terms of the ones I actually hate; Decipher, La Masquerade Infernale, Echoes of Battle, Where Lovers Mourn, The Phantom Agony, Seasons, In Defiance of Existence, At Sixes and Sevens, Lake of Sorrow, and Evershade. So yeah mostly the gothic stuff .


La Masquerade Infernale, seriously? Because of the vocals? Also surprised to see you include In Defiance of Existence, Lake of Sorrow and Evershade. But indeed mostly (7 out of 10) the gothic stuff. I never understood why some people (like you ) hate gothic metal so much. The gothic metal here isn't totally whiney gothic metal like some bands play, at least in my view. Lots of doom in quite a few of them as well. I guess I like most genres when they are combined with doom (death, gothic, black and folk).
Alex Fenger - 01.04.2014 at 23:56  
Written by Erik M. on 01.04.2014 at 21:25

I never understood why some people (like you ) hate gothic metal so much. The gothic metal here isn't totally whiney gothic metal like some bands play, at least in my view. Lots of doom in quite a few of them as well. I guess I like most genres when they are combined with doom (death, gothic, black and folk).

I really don't know to be honest. I like to say that I listen to a little of everything (which I do), but gothic metal for the most part remains unenjoyed. I guess it's the cheese factor to be quite honest.
Erik M. - 05.04.2014 at 21:28  
Written by Alex Fenger on 01.04.2014 at 23:56

I really don't know to be honest. I like to say that I listen to a little of everything (which I do), but gothic metal for the most part remains unenjoyed. I guess it's the cheese factor to be quite honest.


As I said more than once, power metal in general is far more cheesy than gothic metal, for example. Heavy metal as well. I can see why you would say this, but I can't say I agree. Cheesiness is mainly subjective anyway. Stuff like Ayreon I enjoy and I do agree it's cheesy. It's just the kind of cheese that matters. BM can be cheesy too, but mostly it's the good kind of cheese (to me).
MelancholiaC - 02.07.2014 at 14:55  
Awesome list! Quite a number of my all-time favourite bands on here - likewise, my heart lies in doom/gothic/atmospheric/symphonic subgenres! Not to mention a number of bands here are currently on my bucket list to explore.

On the other hand, it's interesting that for almost every band on this list that I also love, I seem to favour another album in their discography (although this is just off the top of my head, since I've not tried to rigorously compare them). For example,

After Forever - After Forever (reason - Dreamflight!)
Agalloch - The Mantle (Marrow Of The Spirit is also better IMO)
Draconian - Arcane Rain Fell
Emperor - Prometheus: The Discipline Of Fire & Demise (I love Ihsahn's recent solo work even more)
Epica - Design Your Universe (Simone's vocal performance alone had improved to be much superior by this point)
Katatonia - The Great Cold Distance
Moonspell - Memorial (though admittedly I haven't really listened to their debut enough yet)
My Dying Bride - The Angel And The Dark River (though TLTS is also great, as is Songs Of Darkness...)
Paradise Lost - Draconian Times (though I'm still working my way through their discography)
Saturnus - Saturn In Ascension (mostly for personal significance, one of my TOP 5 bands ever)
Swallow The Sun - Hope (for the perfect balance/contrast between the harsh and the melodic - their 35 min opus Plague Of Butterflies is the best, but that was just an EP)
Tristania - World Of Glass (after many spins I'm starting to prefer it to Beyond The Veil a bit which I used to favour; the production on Widow's Weeds is lacking and always gets in the way of me completely enjoying it)

Anyway, I figured you must have your personal reasons for choosing those albums but just thought I'd present my "alternate version" lol.

Overall, exquisite choices! You have good taste man. Maybe I should make my own list someday...

P.S. Regarding the "cheese factor", it is indeed subjective - each subgenre has its own over-the-top tendencies. Personally I've always thought the machismo-driven redneck style of thrash and some death metal extremely cheesy (which is why thrash is still my least favourite subgenre so you won't ever see Metallica or Slayer on my list), obviously Rhapsody-esque power metal as well... But as a child of the 90s who started discovering metal just under 10 years ago, some of that bias could be attributed to a generational gap. I am proud to embrace the "new era" of metal and its creative evolution, and a future that will only get better despite the "old-school" naysayers!

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